A large sliding glass door connects this bedroom to a balcony overlooking the green neighborhood below.

Sunset Idea House

Five stories of East Bay vistas.

Perched on a steep hillside in California’s East Bay, the 2016 Sunset Idea House is as spectacular as the views of the San Francisco Bay it provides.

Categories

  • Sliding glass doors
  • Windows
  • Residential
  • Residential

Location

  • California
Floor-to-ceiling windows and a hinged door connect to a corner balcony.

Seemingly countless floor-to-ceiling windows and an attractive hinged door are some of the highlights of the Sunset Idea House.

The five-level, 3,600-square-foot home in the Claremont Hills bordering Berkeley and Oakland takes the concept of indoor-outdoor living to previously unimagined places. With Western Window Systems’ floor-to-ceiling sliding doors leading out to five different decks overlooking Berkeley and the bay beyond it, including two each on the third and fourth floors of the home.

“Indoor-outdoor living and bringing the outdoors in means glass. It means I need to be able to see through things. I need to feel I’m outside when I’m not outside.” 

- Marc Nassos
Principal, Marc Development
A view of the massive windows on the top two stories of the home.
Huge panels of glass let in abundant amounts of Bay Area sunshine.
In addition to a master bedroom and kids’ bedroom on the third floor, the $2.8 million residence features an art room on the second floor and wine cellar and guest bedroom on the fourth floor. The second-floor kitchen features a massive Western Window Systems picture window behind the sink, with amazing views of the hills below.
The home’s interior comes courtesy of renowned young designer Lauren Geremia, based in the Oakland area. Inspired by the enthralling vistas, Geremia and her team created an interior design that is softer than what the ultra-modern exterior offers. Geremia mixed new contemporary furniture with vintage pieces throughout the home.
Sliding glass doors on each balcony leads to the home’s interior rooms.
Balconies galore give residents and guests ample vantage points from which to gaze upon San Francisco Bay in the distance.
The dining room and kitchen are flooded with light from the large amount of glazing throughout the home.
The dining room and kitchen are flooded with light from the large amount of glazing throughout the home.

“Art is often our starting point,” Geremia told Sunset magazine. “It brings soul to a space and can even inspire a color palette.”

The 2016 Idea House, an annual series that showcases innovations in Western design, was featured in the November issue of Sunset. The 2015 Idea House was in Denver. Western Window Systems is an annual participant in the Idea House.

A horizontal awning window site above a white couch.

Western Window Systems awning windows come in virtually any size.

A massive window frames the landscape, making it a part of the kitchen.
A magnificent window in the second-floor kitchen delivers stunning views of the Berkeley hills.
Awe-inspiring views of San Francisco Bay, courtesy of Western Window Systems’ sliding doors.
Awe-inspiring views of San Francisco Bay, courtesy of Western Window Systems’ sliding doors and windows.

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What Makes Them Great

Designed for indoor-outdoor living.

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How They’re Made

Built and tested to last.

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